Wednesday, May 9, 2018

SCARLET by Jen Geigle Johnson

SCARLET by Jen Geigle Johnson. This book was fascinating. I love the Scarlet Pimpernel and I loved her in this novel. It was interesting to read it from her perspective and how things were pulled off. I loved all the characters involved. I felt all their ups and downs, successes and failures. The historical aspect of it was also very eye opening. You read things about this time period, but being put in it through the eyes of someone living through it is very powerful. It is a fantastic read, however, I cannot recommend it for all. There are aspects of this time period that are gruesome, although there are not really any gory details, it does cover and talk about things surrounding La Guillotine that some people would not be interested in reading. If you're okay with that, this book is for you.

*I was provided a copy for review purposes, but the opinions are my own.

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The roads in and out of Paris are heavily guarded, but the dead have easy passage out of the city. A ragged old woman transports the coffins of the most recent victims of the guillotine and is waved on unimpeded. Later, the same crone watches five French aristocrats step out of the coffins unscathed. not beheaded, but spirited away to safety by that most elusive of spies: the Pimpernel. Or, as she's known in polite society, Lady Scarlet Cavendish.
When not assuming her secret identity as a hero of the French Revolution, Scarlet presents herself as a fashionable, featherbrained young widow flitting about London. In truth, this facade is merely a diversion designed to conceal her clandestine work in France. Among members of the doomed French aristocracy, the Pimpernel is renowned for her bravery and cunning. But when tasked with rescuing handsome Comte Matteo Durand, she faces an unprecedented challenge: she is falling in love with the man. If ever there was a time to keep her head, it is now—because in a world brimming with intrigue, she is not only one harboring secrets. And if Scarlet doesn't take care, Madame la Guillotine may finally catch up with the Pimpernel...

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